Well, that’s interesting!! There was a forum started this morning entitled “I guess the cat’s out of the bag”. It referenced a YouTube video from Pork Belly with a message that “we’ll see you next summer”. There were comments wondering why PBV was preempting RAGBRAI’s announcement. That forum has now been deleted.
I would suggest that RAGBRAI offer its registered riders the option of a complete refund or a donation to UIHC Children’s Hospital, overnight towns, or some other, well thought out choices. Many registrants (especially the younger ones) now find themselves unemployed or furloughed and need that money to make ends meet.
I’m not looking for RAGBRAI to return until 2022, at the earliest. Even the Oxford and J&J vaccine scientists say that their fast track vaccines may not be available to the general public until Spring 2021. What will be required to register for RAGBRAI? A certificate of immunity or vaccination? What do you do with the “bandits” who have produ…[Read more]
The logistics involved in the execution of RAGBRAI are mind boggling. A 30 day cancellation window is unrealistic. If there is no effective vaccine by Spring 2021, we can kiss RAGBRAI good bye until 2022. (Look at all the cancellation announcements coming out of the sport’s world … they’re now proposing spectatorless events.How about a…[Read more]
The concept of super spreading events seems to elude many posters. In the absence of a vaccine/treatment, 20,000 bike riders standing shoulder to shoulder in Podunkville eating pork loin sandwiches and corn on the cob meets the definition of a potential suoer spreading event.
I like your comment referencing the horrific possibility of a COVID map that looks like our route map. That would be the death knell of RAGBRAI. Better to wait a year (or two) and have a safe and enjoyable ride for everyone.
Everybody’s itching to get the country “open” again. I’m seeing that the current occupant of the White House is shooting for June 1st. We will see a 2nd wave during the summer, although nobody can predict the amplitude at this time. Everyone of any notable expertise in virology sees an uptick in the fall. (It’s important to note that the flu pande…[Read more]
Nobody knows for sure wth is going on with this virus. Maybe a second wave after some social mitigation restrictions are lifted. Maybe a return in the fall. We will not see a return to “festival” cycling until there is an effective vaccine. Count on it.
Japan may have been an outlier, but S. Korea and Hong Kong are also seeing a second wave after easing their rules on mitigation. I have no doubt that we’ll see that here when we open back up for business. Interesting that Vail Resorts is reporting that they see an ongoing impact on Q4/20 and Q1/21 revenues. I know that they’re practicing financial…[Read more]
Hi, Captain Obvious here. From Larry’s post – Unless we develop a vaccine before or in the first couple weeks after the peak, it will not help. The whole thing is that novel viruses spread through the population very quickly and everyone either gets the disease and becomes immune, or doesn’t get the disease because they have developed an i…[Read more]
If you all get a chance, watch the clip of Dr. Scott Gottlieb on Face the Nation this morning. Very sobering. Dr. Gottlieb is not an alarmist. Listen to what he says about group get-togethers. I doubt we’re going to see MLB, NBA, NHL, or any sports in front of spectators until we see a vaccine. This is not our usual endemic flu. This is a novel c…[Read more]
I love your optimism! Over the last few days we’ve all read of “super spreader events” .. the church choir in Washington, the church service in Arkansas, the funeral in Georgia .. RAGBRAI has the potential of being the granddaddy of them all. If RAGBRAI was held this year and there was an outbreak traced back to any rider on RAGBR…[Read more]
I had a bad summer last year. I racked my knee up on the first of June playing tennis. With the swelling, I couldn’t bike at all. Finally had the knee drained about 10 days before the start of RAGBRAI. Put in 10-20 miles of training before the Sunday start. The first couple of days were interesting, but not too bad. Rode the whole route (I’m 66…[Read more]
You might be right. I think I am. Anyway, if RAGBRAI does cancel, I would bet a small fortune that RAGBRAI 2021 would be the same route and same towns. Can you imagine what a celebration that would be. Who knows.